Posts by: Leonidas

There has been a lot of progress on the same sex marriage front in recent days.

In Utah, a federal judge declared that the State of Utah’s statutory and constitutional ban on same sex marriages violated the federal constitution.  This led to a flurry of same sex couples seeking marriage licenses and getting hitched.

In Ohio, a federal district court judge ruled that Ohio must recognize same sex marriages legally performed in other states on death certificates.

All of this legal maneuvering can be confusing, so we reached out to some legal experts to answer some of the [...]

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“It is time.”  — Rafiki.

Big News.  A federal judge on Friday ruled Utah’s same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional.

You read that right.  Utah.  The headquarters of the Mormon Church.  The state that voted 71% for George Bush in 2004 and 73% for Mitt Romney in 2012.  THAT Utah.

These men (photo from AP and USA Today) were able to be married in Utah.  How F’n awesome is that?

The Utah federal judge wrote, “The State’s current laws deny its gay and lesbian citizens their fundamental right to marry and, in so [...]

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Mike DeWine has taken another step against marriage equality.  He is continuing to fight against a federal court decision requiring Ohio to recognize a same sex marriage legally performed in another state.

The facts of this case, in case you forgot, are definitely compelling.   Two men, John Arthur and Jim Obergefell, wished to get married before Arthur died of ALS.  So they took a charter flight to Maryland, got hitched, and then sued to compel Ohio to recognize the marriage on a death certificate.  We can’t link enough times to the Cincinnati Enquirer must read story.

The couple won in [...]

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One Ohio Republican is celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address by trying to re-fight the civil war.

President Lincoln described the Civil War as a test of the United States could “long endure.”

Representative John Becker has introduced a resolution which contains some notably un-Lincolnesque concepts.

Becker’s resolution asserts that “the federal government has an ever-growing propensity to violate state sovereignty.” There’s more: “The violation of state sovereignty has been a trend since the early nineteenth century and has accelerated exponentially in recent decades . . .”

Really?

The Constitution is very clear about this. Federal [...]

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Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has FINALLY taken a leadership role. . . . wait for it . . . in the fight against reproductive rights.

And he is doing some pretty poor lawyering along the way.

Last week, DeWine filed a brief in the United States Supreme Court urging the court to uphold the constitutionality of severe restrictions on abortion rights passed by the Arizona legislature.

The case involves an Arizona law that forbids, except  in a medical emergency, abortions after twenty weeks.  The Court of Appeals found that the law “is unconstitutional under a long line of invariant [...]

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The lawsuit filed by some Ohio House Republicans and conservative interest groups trying to stop the expansion of Medicaid through the Controlling Board is now available on the Supreme Court’s website.

You can read it here, although we do not recommend it.  We don’t recommend it because the complaint is full of what lawyers call “surplusage;” which is a nice term for “it has a lot of unnecessary bullshit.”

The best part is that they didn’t even get the procedure right.  This is pretty embarrassing for them.  As Marge Simpson says, “Homer! We just got here and already I’m [...]

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Everyone by now knows that Governor Kasich used the controlling board to do an end run around legislative Republicans and secure federal funding for the expansion of Medicaid.

The conservative Buckeye Institute, the conservative 1851 Center, and “unnamed House Republican lawmakers” intend to file a suit suggesting that the

Controlling Board vote is invalid because it does not represent the “legislative intent” of the General Assembly.

The Buckeye Institute put out a six page “white paper” supporting this novel legal argument.

“Novel” is polite lawyer speak for “stupid.”

It’s more like a version of the Chewbacca Defense:

I have [...]

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Thanks, Columbus Dispatch.

ICYMY, this is a headline from Friday morning:

Of course, it was Peyton Manning, Not John Elway, who threw the seven touchdown passes in a game Thursday night.  Elway retired in 1999.

That’s a pretty embarrassing mistake for Ohio’s Greatest Newspaper.

We have been critical of the political coverage by Ohio’s Greatest Newspaper (just ask them).  Particularly it’s lazy journalism of reporting the controversy: printing quotes from both sides of the story and not performing any analysis that allowed readers to gain a deeper understanding of the issues.  The Cincinnati Enquirer cleaned their clock [...]

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The Big Red Machine returned to Cincinnati to give us a lesson.

The “Great Eight” led Cincinnati to World Series titles in 1975 and 1976.  They gathered at Great American Ballpark for an event honoring Joe Morgan.

Here is the picture (from Cincinnati Enquirer):

What is striking is how much this team looks like America.  White Players.  African American Players.  Hispanic Players.  All on the same team.

The Big Red Machine is a great example of how diversity makes us stronger.

Now take a look at the famous photo of Governor John Kasich signing the last budget [...]

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Governor John Kasich and Attorney General Mike DeWine have weighed in on the State of Ohio’s facial recognition program. 

Neither Kasich nor DeWine seem to recognize the real risks of this program – that it could be used to gather lists of people who appear in public events, or that it could be sued to track individual Ohioans.

Start with DeWine.  After being caught in a lie about the program, DeWine appointed a panel to review security protocols for the facial recognition system.  One, ahem, small problem:  the group does not include any experts in civil liberties or [...]

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Ohio Republicans and Conservatives seem to be constantly emphasizing their love of the Constitution.  Take, for example, Republican Ohio Senator Tim Shaffer.  He seems like a nice enough guy with a respectfully boring twitter feed

Shaffer loves the Constitution and says that he is committed to protecting individual rights.  Or at least the part of the Constitution that deals with guns.  Schaffer told the Buckeyes Firearms Association that he is committed to defending the Second Amendment Right to Bear Arms:  “pro-gun voters mean the world to me, they are [...]

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